Victor Zambrano began his Major League career with Tampa after being released from the Yankees organization in 1996. Five years later, he made the big roster, appearing in 36 Games (all in relief), and went 6-2 with a 3.16 ERA.
The Venezuelan went 8-8 in a mixed role in 2002, and in 2003 he had the opportunity to be a starter. While he had a winning record of 12-10, he allowed the most Walks, hit the most batters and threw the most Wild Pitched, which shone a light on his control problems. Zambrano was traded before the 2004 trading deadline, and as a Ray, he had a winning record of 35-27.